ABC offers bike classes FREE to the newly unemployed

[For Immediate Release] The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit bicycle organization, is opening up its bike safety classes to all workers who lost their jobs since the start of the economic downtown last fall at no cost to the unemployed. "Bicycling is an extremely practical way to get around in tough economic times," said Executive Director Rebecca Serna. "We decided to offer our classes for free to unemployed workers to make it easier for them to get around town while saving money on gas by riding a bicycle."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 1, 2009

For additional information contact:
Rebecca Serna, Executive Director
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
rebecca@atlantabike.org
(404) 881-1112

Bicycle Nonprofit Offers Laid-Off Workers Free Bike Safety Classes

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit bicycle organization, is opening up its bike safety classes to all workers who lost their jobs since the start of the economic downtown last fall at no cost to the unemployed.

"Bicycling is an extremely practical way to get around in tough economic times," said Executive Director Rebecca Serna. "We decided to offer our classes for free to unemployed workers to make it easier for them to get around town while saving money on gas by riding a bicycle."

ABC's bike classes, called Confident City Cycling, teach adults and teenagers 14 and older to ride safely by equipping them with the knowledge they need to avoid a crash. Practical techniques, background information on laws and principles of safe riding in traffic, valuable hand-on drills, and a practice ride complete with feedback led by experienced instructors are all part of the package.

Confident City Cycling classes are taught at locations across the metro area and normally cost between $10-25 (those who live or work in one of the Atlanta "activity centers" covered by transportation management associations are eligible for the $10 rate).

Compact yet comprehensive, the classes are part of a national bicycle education program offered by the League of American Bicyclists. ABC instructors are all trained and certified League Cycling Instructors, or LCIs. ABC has offered the classes during the spring and fall of each year since 2002, training over 2,000 cyclists throughout metro Atlanta.
ABC also offers a True Beginners class for adult first-time learners. Many adults, especially women, missed out on the experience of learning to ride a bike as a child. These classes teach how to physically ride a bike in just two short lessons, while providing important safety instruction as well.

Upcoming classes:
Saturday, May 2nd at Atlantic Station
Saturday, May 9 in Buford, Georgia
Monday, May 18 and Thursday, May 21 at Emory - True Beginners class
Saturday, May 30 at Perimeter
Saturday, June 6 in Downtown Atlanta
Saturday, June 13 for Certification as an Effective Cyclist

To register, visit www.atlantabike.org or call (404) 881-1112.

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As Atlanta’s largest member-based bicycle advocacy organization, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition advocates better conditions for biking, provides Confident City Cycling classes that teach people to ride safely, offers programs to break down the barriers to cycling, educates drivers and cyclists on how to share the road, and strives to make Atlanta a bike-friendly, greener community. Visit www.atlantabike.org to learn more.